Carlsbad (18-4, 0-1) at Clovis (22-0, 1-0)
Radio: KCLV-FM 99.
Last time out: Clovis rallied in the second half to beat Hobbs 39-33 in their District 4-5A opener. The Cavegirls, beaten 58-41 by Hobbs last Tuesday, defeated Artesia 54-35 Friday.
Last season: Clovis cruised in both games, winning by a combined margin of 132-39.
Players to watch: PG Alexx Zumbrun, Sr., 5-9; SG Shalie McAlister, Sr., 5-11.
Coach’s take: “They’re going to be really deliberate, run a 2-3 zone,” Clovis coach Jeff Reed said. “They had a hard time handling the ball against Hobbs, and didn’t shoot the ball really well. Hopefully, we’ll be able to pressure them and get after them.”
The Cavegirls are having one of their better seasons under Zumbrun, Alexx’s father and an Eastern New Mexico University graduate. The Cavegirls’ losses are to Lovington, Los Lunas, Mayfield and Hobbs. Carlsbad is 7-1 at home, and 11-3 on the road.
“They’re 18-4, and their losses are to one of the best 3A teams, one of the best 4A teams and two of the best 5A teams,” Reed said. “They’re nobody we can look past. They’re one of those dangerous teams that can give you fits. I’m glad we play them here the first game at home. We don’t want to give them any hope going into Carlsbad next Tuesday.”
Notable: Clovis, which dipped to No. 13 in the MaxPreps national rankings, are back in the Top 10 at ninth. … Reed said junior guard Nichele Hyman will sit out Tuesday with concussion symptoms. Reed thought Hyman would be back for Tuesday, but now isn’t sure when she’ll be recovered.
Clovis (12-10, 0-1) at Carlsbad (15-7, 0-1)
On the air: KCLV-AM 1240, KTQM-FM 99.9.
Last time out: The Wildcats were defeated 67-53 at home against Hobbs, their fourth loss in six games. Carlsbad, after losing 77-65 to Hobbs last Tuesday, defeated Artesia 73-50 on Friday.
Last meeting: Clovis swept the Cavemen 2-0 last season, 73-59 at Clovis and 68-53 at Carlsbad.
Mutual opponents: The Wildcats and Eagles have each played Goddard, Mayfield, Onate, Lovington, Rio Rancho and Hobbs. Carlsbad is 6-2, with two wins over Goddard, while Clovis is 5-2. Both teams lost to the Eagles and Mayfield.
Cavemen players to watch: C Brenden Boatwright, Fr., 6-7, 205; F Joshua Miller, Sr., 6-4; F Shakur Smith, Jr., 6-1.
— Compiled by Kevin Wilson